More than 280 South Dakota FFA members have been recognized for receiving their State FFA Degree at the organization’s state convention, which is being held virtually this week.  On Wednesday, the South Dakota FFA Association announced that FFA members from across the state had received the State FFA Degree, which is the highest degree of membership conferred by the Association. 

Six members of the Madison Central FFA Chapter received their State FFA Degree, including Casi Eliason, Andrew Ersland, Kiley Klein, Eric Nelson, Grace Nelson, and Willem Sunde.  Rutland had one member, Emily Nold, receive the Degree.  The Chester Area FFA Chapter had nine members receive their State FFA Degree, Howard had three members, and McCook Central had 26 members receive their State FFA Degree this week.

There are several requirements for FFA members to receive this degree:

● Having earned and productively invested at least $1,000, or worked at least 300 hours in excess of scheduled class time, or a combination thereof, in a Supervised Agricultural Experience program.

● Demonstrated leadership ability by performing ten procedures of Parliamentary Law, giving a six-minute speech on an agriculture or FFA-related topic and serving as an officer, committee chairperson or participating member of a chapter committee.

● Have completed at least 25 hours of community service.

Cecili Carlson
Makayla Nelson

Bailee Anderson
Caiden Anderson
Brayden Bjorklund
Isaac Heidelberger
Roberta Iverson
Lily Kenton
Avery Stalford
Mason Stanford
Brenden Tieman

Madison Kontz

Robert Jackson
Logan Schlim
Colton Spader

Madison Central
Casi Eliason
Andrew Ersland
Kiley Klein
Eric Nelson
Grace Nelson
Willem Sunde

McCook Central
Emily Bies
Jacob Cheeseman
Christy Eich
Blake Gessner
Alexis Jimenez
Casey Knudsen
Collin Kolbeck
Rachel Krier
Isaac McCormick
Sami Moller
Emma Norris
Faith Oyen
Jacy Pulse
Raygen Randall
Colin Reif
Katie Reif
Jayden Reif
Aleah Ries
Parker Scheier
Matt Schock
Hadley Stiefvater
Sarah Wegener
AnnMarie Whaler
Katelyn Winberg
Jayden Wolf
Abby Wurtz

Mary Katherine Hoiten
Kayla McAreavey

Emily Nold

Taylor Benson
Chase Carls
Eli Dissing
Dristen Heeren
Jenny Hotchkiss
Sidney Hussey
Emma Keith
Payton Loiseau
Rhegan Oberg
Grace Steineke
Alicia West

West Central
Zach Brown
Isak Edwards
Caden Farmer
Zachariah Fieber
Caden Hanisch
Lindsey Kapperman
Ethan Kueter
Alisha McMartin
Jersie Reese
Brayden Scott
Brayden Siemonsma